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    First concert.

    ...and what about first concerts ?

    School nativity’s don’t count !

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    The Jam.
    21st March 1982 Bingley Hall Birmingham.
    At the TOP of their game.
    Birthday present from my big brother.
    I was 14
    Ticket was £4 !!

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    The Mission at the NEC in 88. Not an auspicious start.... Soon afterwards, The House Of Love at Loughborough Uni, a thousand times better.

    (Wish I had learnt that lesson about what size venues I prefer immediately)

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    Sport Aid, Sheffield, 1988

    Eddy Grant, Squeeze, Proclaimers, Primitives, Heaven 17, Big Country

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    Welsh Metal Band 'Budgie' on 13th March 1982 (had to Google the exact date) At Winchester Recreation Centre (on the indoor 5 aside pitch!!) I was 13

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    Bachman Turner Overdrive Sept '75 at Glasgow Apollo.

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    Bryan Ferry 'These Foolish Things' tour - Birmingham Odeon, December 18th 1974.

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    Trapeze/Sundance - Bolton Albert Hall approx 1974

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    Ashton, Gardner and Dyke with Osibisa as support (who were the band I really went to see) at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, very early seventies, so I would have been about 15/16.

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    Mine was Dire Straits at the NEC in September 1991.

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    Duran Duran, on the Rio tour at Southampton Gaumont. Probably around 82-83.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonK View Post
    Bryan Ferry 'These Foolish Things' tour - Birmingham Odeon, December 18th 1974.
    Was it good? I love that album!

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    Ian Gillan band 1977.


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    Quote Originally Posted by StackH View Post
    Duran Duran, on the Rio tour at Southampton Gaumont. Probably around 82-83.
    Even at 35 years distance, my jealousy is burning with a full furnace

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    Uriah Heep - early 70's (very loud!)

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    Showaddywaddy as a seven year old in 1976, Portsmouth Guidhall.

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    Carter USM, I was in lower sixth at the time. As I recall they had some technical problems between the support act and the headliners taking to the stage. A rather nice girl called Claire helped me while away the wait in a dark part of the balcony. On second thoughts perhaps this should go in the most memorable concert thread.
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    AC/DC Hammersmith, November 1979. Highway to Hell....

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    The Who Christmas Concert Hammersmith Odeon 1975.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    Was it good? I love that album!

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    He was supported by the members of Roxy Music, so it was essentially a Roxy concert with Andy Mackay's wonderful sax' and oboe playing; I was a big fan at the time (still am). Everybody had dressed up, so the audience looked like they were going to a party at Gatsby's. I used to love The Odeon New Street for concerts, saw some great bands there - SAHB, Santana, Rory Gallagher and Eric Clapton stand out in my memory.

    Went to see Bryan Ferry last year in Paris and although his voice has aged he's still got it.

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    Led Zeppelin Earls Court May 24th 1975

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    David Bowie. On my 18th b'day: May 13, 1976. The ticket was a gift from my parents.


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    Ozzy Osbourne
    10th October 1980
    Taunton Odeon

    My hearing has never been the same since.

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    First concert.

    U2, Wembley Stadium, summer 1987
    Joshua Tree tour first time around.

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    I was a massive Jam fan (still am I suppose), so when my mum told me she'd got tickets for a concert in Birmingham - where The Jam were playing - I got very excited. Turns out they were for Bucks Fizz. Not a great introduction to live music.

    Didn't speak to her for a week...

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    Lenny Kravitz - oh the shame

    ‘You’ve got to let love rule’

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    Nowt wrong with Lenny Kravitz

    Mine was Eric Clapton in St. Austell about 1983.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
    Lenny Kravitz - oh the shame

    ‘You’ve got to let love rule’

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
    Lenny Kravitz - oh the shame

    ‘You’ve got to let love rule’
    It's not like it was "Kajagoogoo"!

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    Toyah Wilcox at The Hexagon in Reading , I think this was 1981

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    Queen at the Apollo in Glasgow in 1974.

    God I feel old now!!

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    Sorry

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    Can't tell whether George is pretending to drive a car or to ride a small pony in that pic.

    My first concert was The Wombles.

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    1979, and Supertramp's Breakfast in America tour at Wembley Arena. Sadly I can't remember which of the four dates in Oct/Nov it was.

    This was closely followed by Rainbow's "Down to Earth" concert at the same venue on 29 February 1980, memorable for a riot owing to an incredibly short set and Ritchie Blackmore's refusal to play an encore.

    Happy days....

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanm_3 View Post
    Queen at the Apollo in Glasgow in 1974.

    God I feel old now!!
    (from Glasgow Apollo band listings)


    SETLIST:
    1 Procession
    2 Now I'm Here
    3 Ogre Battle
    4 Father To Son
    5 White Queen (as it began)
    6 Flick Of The Wrist
    7 In The Lap Of The Gods
    8 Killer Queen
    9 The March Of The Black Queen
    10 Bring Back That Leroy Brown
    11 Stone Cold Crazy
    12 Son And Daughter
    13 Keep Yourself Alive
    14 In The Lap Of The Gods...revisited
    15 Big Spender
    16 Modern Times Rock And Roll
    17 Jailhouse Rock

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    £1:25 !!!

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    Around 1967 as a schoolboy with my mates, Fairfield Halls Croydon.

    Motown revue featuring Martha and the Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon etc.

    Great time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Wall View Post
    £1:25 !!!
    I was quite surprised it wasn't £1 5S! - Had to check when decimalisation came in!

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    Wet Wet Wet, parents probably couldn't get a babysitter dragged me and my sister along.

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    Status Quo and The Equals (can't remember which were headlining / support) June 1969 Swindon.

    Only memorable because it was held on two levels of a multi-storey car park in the town centre.

    Followed that up with the Isle of Wight Festival in August that year. Rather more memorable. :)

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    1st - Ultravox's Vienna Tour at Hammersmith Odeon Dec 13th 1980

    2nd - The Jam - Michael Sobel Sports Centre Dec 12th 1981 (best band ever).

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    Jean-Michel Jarre, Docklands, 1988. Seen him twice since, once in Paris la Defense in 1990 (still one of the largest audiences ever) and then again at Wembley Arena some years after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Wall View Post
    £1:25 !!!

    Inc VAT! And none of the spurious admin/booking/whatever else they can think of to charge more on top of the price.

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    Jean-Michel Jarre, Docklands, 1988. Seen him twice since, once in Paris la Defense in 1990 (still one of the largest audiences ever) and then again at Wembley Arena some years after.
    I was there too. It was on a float on the Thames. Docklands was just a building site then. It was cold and raining, I had a row with a burger van man who for some reason kept ignoring me and I came home covered in mud. Happy memories!!

    My first gig was Bowie - Serious Moonlight Tour - Wembley Arena 1983

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    (from Glasgow Apollo band listings)


    SETLIST:
    1 Procession
    2 Now I'm Here
    3 Ogre Battle
    4 Father To Son
    5 White Queen (as it began)
    6 Flick Of The Wrist
    7 In The Lap Of The Gods
    8 Killer Queen
    9 The March Of The Black Queen
    10 Bring Back That Leroy Brown
    11 Stone Cold Crazy
    12 Son And Daughter
    13 Keep Yourself Alive
    14 In The Lap Of The Gods...revisited
    15 Big Spender
    16 Modern Times Rock And Roll
    17 Jailhouse Rock
    I remember it so well! Freddie jumping between the PA speakers at either side of the stage in his cape and long hair!

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    G ‘n’ R at Wembley stadium (‘92) with a guest appearance by Brian May and supported by Faith No More. Not a bad start.
    Last edited by benny.c; 14th February 2018 at 18:18.

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    Pantera at the Royal Court in Liverpool, September 1994.

    A neighbor who introduced me to 'proper' music took me, 13yrs old, riding pillion on his Suzuki GS-something or other and then we ended up in the Krazy House afterwards.

    A perfect introduction to live music

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    The good ole Krazy House. Not been for years.

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    The Jam in Port Talbot in March 1982

    Still have the ticket and button badges from my second concert which was in the same venue in the following November




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    Rush, Newcastle City Hall, June 11th 1977. Their first UK tour. And forty years ago tonight, I was back at the same place for my second Rush gig. And unfortunately, about to spend the night, and the following night freezing to death on a bench at Newcastle railway station, because my Mum refused to drive 30 miles to pick me up with ice on the roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogroover View Post
    And forty years ago tonight, I was back at the same place for my second Rush gig.
    Thats mad .. a perfectly timed thread, just change it to second gig your ever attended! :)

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